“The prayer book is our Jewish diary of the centuries, a collection of prayers composed by generations of those who came before us, as they endeavored to express the meaning of their lives and their relationship to God. The prayer book is the essence of the Jewish soul.”
This stunning work, an empowering entryway to the spiritual revival of our times, enables all of us to claim our connection to the heritage of the traditional Jewish prayer book. It helps rejuvenate Jewish worship in today’s world, and makes its power accessible to all.
Vol. 8—Kabbalat Shabbat (Welcoming Shabbat in the Synagogue) features the authentic Hebrew text with a new translation designed to let people know exactly what the prayers say. Introductions tell the reader what to look for in the prayer service, as well as how to truly use the commentaries and to search for—and find—meaning in the prayer book.
Framed with beautifully designed Talmud-style pages, commentaries from many of today’s most respected Jewish scholars from all movements of Judaism examine Kabbalat Shabbat from the perspectives of ancient Rabbis and modern theologians, as well as feminist, halakhic, Talmudic, linguistic, biblical, Chasidic, mystical, and historical perspectives.
Marc Brettler Our Biblical Heritage
Elliot N. Dorff Theological Reflections
David Ellenson How the Modern Prayer Book Evolved
Ellen Frankel A Woman’s Voice
Alyssa Gray Our Talmudic Heritage
Joel M. Hoffman What the Prayers Really Say
Lawrence A. Hoffman History of the Liturgy
Reuven Kimelman Kabbalah
Sharon Koren The Context of Kabbalah
Lawrence Kushnerand Nehemia Polen Chasidic and MysticalPerspectives
Daniel Landes The Halakhah of Prayer
Wendy I. Zierler Jewish Feminism
Praise for the My People’s Prayer Book, Volume 8: Kabbalat Shabbat (Welcoming Shabbat in the Synagogue)
—Binghamton (NY) Reporter
"Beautiful ... [the contributors] rightly deserve high praise."
Praise for the My People’s Prayer Book series
"Nothing like [this series] exists anywhere.... A lifelong resource."
"Perspectives from ancient rabbis and modern-day theologians ... transform what is said by rote in shul into a deeply spiritual experience."
—Ottawa Jewish Bulletin
"An outstanding addition to the literature of Jewish life.... The reader can discover levels of meaning that seldom have been available to the laity. This series offers the possibility of a renewed appreciation of Jewish prayer."
—Church & Synagogue Library Association
"A spectacular series of commentaries on the Siddur which makes it come alive in a way that no other companion book of study can possibly do. A must for every serious Jew."
—Jewish Media Review
"[This series] is like exploring the molecular structure of a diamond to discover why the gemÂ’s surface glitters with such brilliance."
—Jewish Book World
"An unparalleled creative exercise in its field.... The opportunities for learning and personal and spiritual growth ... [are] almost limitless."